LINCOLN (SNR) - The Legion of Mary is celebrating 90 years of assisting its members in growing in holiness and in participating in the apostolic work of the Church.
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbours on a voluntary basis in 186 countries around the world.
Founder Frank Duff, along with Father Michael Toher of the Archdiocese of Dublin and group of laypersons, formed the first praesidium of the Legion of Mary September 7, 1921 and since then it has expanded to 275 councils worldwide with an active and auxiliary (praying) membership of more than 10 million Catholics.
While the Legion is most noted for its active work, such as door-to-door census visits and visits to nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons, the primary object of the Legion of Mary is "the making of its members holy."
Fulfilling this call to holiness includes a commitment to daily prayer, especially the Rosary and the the "Tessera" -- the official prayers of the Legion of Mary. Active members commit to meeting on a weekly basis with their parish praesidium (the name of the local group of the Legion of Mary) to pray and to support one another in their two hours of apostolic work. Auxiliary members commit to praying for the work of the active members of the Legion of Mary.
Within the Diocese of Lincoln, the Legion of Mary extends from Falls City to McCook with 20 local groups or praesidia plus the diocesan council called the curia.
The Lincoln Diocesan Curia was formed in 1957 with its first praesidium at St. Mary Parish in Lincoln. Within two years, the diocese was able to establish its own curia overseeing seven praesidia. Currently there are 103 active members and 1,746 auxiliary members of the Legion of Mary within the Diocese of Lincoln.
There are also Junior Legion of Mary praesidia in the Lincoln Diocese: at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth, and at Pius X High School in Lincoln. In addition, a praesidium is expected to begin at North American Martyrs Parish in Lincoln within the year.
The Lincoln Diocesan Curia of the Legion of Mary is marking the 90th anniversary of the Legion of Mary worldwide by sponsoring a "90th Year Celebration" Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. This celebration begins with a Legion of Mary Curia meeting, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Bruskewitz following at 10:30 a.m. There will be a luncheon at noon, followed by video presentations on the Legion of Mary and time for questions and answers.
To learn more about the Legion of Mary, please contact your local pastor who either can provide you with some more information or place you in contact with a local Legion of Mary Presidium. You may also contact Father Jeremy Hazuka at 402-666-5280 or Father Mark Cyza at 402-873-3047.
Legion of Mary Celebrating 90 years of Service to the Church